A Voice for Choice Advocacy, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization which:

  • Advocates for people’s rights to have informed choice and transparency in the their decisions with regard to what goes into their bodies
  • Advocates for transparency of governmental agencies and governmental funding.
  • Advocates against “Big Brother” government legislation.

A Voice for Choice Advocacy supports litigation to fight mandates and other cases that will allow people to have informed choice and transparency in what goes into their bodies. Legally, A Voice For Choice Advocacy, Inc. is watching a number of lawsuits in CA and nationally this year, that align with our mission. Each of these lawsuits is described on A Voice for Choice, our sister site (www.avoiceforchoice.org/sb277-litigation).

A Voice for Choice Advocacy specifically influences legislation and government policy related to these issues, including having a lobbyist consultant.  Legislatively, A Voice For Choice Advocacy, Inc. is following a number of bills in CA and federally this year, that relate to our mission. Each of these bills is described in more detail below this list, giving our position and what action you can take:

AVFCA Supports

  • CA SB210 Clean Water in Schools Act (Leyva)
  • CA AB746 Public health: potable water: lead testing: schoolsites and campuses (Gonzalez Fletcher)
  • CA SB504 Protecting Californians from Synthetic Food Dyes Act (Wieckowski)
  • CA SB258 Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (Lara)
  • CA SB602 Pesticides: neonicotinoids: labeling (B. Allen)
  • CA SB746 Pupil health: physical examinations (Portantino)
  • CA AB14 Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign disclosures (Gomez)
  • CA SB651 Initiative, referendum, and recall petitions: circulators (Allen)

AVFCA Opposes

  • CA SB18/SCR41 Bill of Rights for the Children and Youth of California: joint legislative committee (Pan)
  • CA SB426 Community-based home visitation pilot program (Pan)
  • (Unless Amended) CA AB992 CalWORKs: Baby Wellness and Family Support Home Visiting Program (Arambula)
  • (With Requested Amendments) CA SB382 Pest control: mosquito abatement (Pan)
  • CA SB457 Out-of-Hospital Childbirths: physicians and surgeons: licensed midwives: certified nurse-midwives (Bates)

AVFCA is Watching:

  • (With Requested Amendments) CA AB1098 Child death investigations: review teams (McCarty & Arambula)
  • CA AB1520 Pulling Children Out of Poverty (Burke)
  • CA SB562 Single Payer Healthcare (Lara and Atkins)
  • CA AB165 Privacy: electronic communications: exclusions: local educational agencies (Cooper)

AVFC Is Supporting:

CA SB210 Clean Water in Schools Act (Leyva)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB210
This bill aims to ensure that water in schools throughout California is free from elevated levels of lead by requiring schools to test their water fixtures, provide lead free water for students, and inform parents of lead contamination.
AVFCA Position: Support (Click here to view AVFCA’s letter of support for SB210)
Action To Take:  Fax or email a letter of support to Senator Leyva’s office (email: Cori.Ayala@sen.ca.gov and Senator.Leyva@senate.ca.gov or fax: 916 651 4920), as well as to your Senator and Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your support.
Current Status: Passed Senate Education Committee, Senate Environmental Quality Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee.  Placed on Appropriations Suspense file.

CA AB746 Public health: potable water: lead testing: schoolsites and campuses (Gonzalez-Fletcher)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB746
This bill aims to ensure that the potable water system at every local educational agency, community college and University of California school site or campus is tested for lead at least once a year or once every 3 years, depending on whether a building was constructed before or after January 1, and if lead is found that the use of such potable system is shut down.
AVFCA Position: Support (Click here to view AVFCA’s letter of support for SB746)
Action To Take:  Fax or email a letter of support to Senator Gonzalez-Fletcher’s office (email: Evan.McLaughlin@asm.ca.gov and Assemblymember.GonzalezFletcher@assembly.ca.gov or fax: 916 319 2180), and to the Assembly Education Committee (email: Rick.Pratt@asm.ca.gov) as well as to your Senator and Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your support.
Current Status: Passed Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee.  Referred to Assembly Education Committee.

CA SB504 Protecting Californians from Synthetic Food Dyes Act (Wieckowski)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB504
This bill requests a report on if and how synthetic dyes adversely affect some children’s behavior, and what if any risk management options are available to the legislature.
AVFCA Position: Support, with possible amendments (Click here to view AVFCA’s letter of support for SB504)
Action To Take:  Fax or email a letter of support to Senator Wieckowski’s office (email: Derek.Chernow@sen.ca.gov and Senator.Wieckowski@senate.ca.gov or fax: 916 651 4910), and to the Senate Health Committee (email: Melanie.Moreno@sen.ca.gov) as well as to your Senator and Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your support.
Current Status: Set for Senate Health Committee Hearing (1:30pm, April 26 in Room 4203)

CA SB258 Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (Lara)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB258
This bill would require a manufacturer of a cleaning product, as defined, that is manufactured or sold in the state on or after January 1, 2018, to disclose ingredients or contaminants contained in and health impact information related to the cleaning product on the product label, post the cleaning product ingredient information on the manufacturer’s Internet Web site, and include specified information on the cleaning product’s label concerning ingredients or contaminants of concern contained in the cleaning product, including Internet Web sites where more information may be found.
AVFCA Position: Support (Click here to view AVFCA’s letter of support for SB258)
Action To Take:  Fax or email a letter of support to Senator Lara’s office (email: Erika.Contreras@sen.ca.gov and Senator.Lara@senate.ca.gov or fax: 916 651 4933), and to the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee (email: Gideon.Baum@sen.ca.gov) as well as to your Senator and Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your support.
Current Status: Passed Senate Environmental Quality Committee and set for Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee (9:30am, April 26 in Room 2040)

CA SB602 Pesticides: neonicotinoids: labeling (B. Allen)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB602
This bill would require labeling, as specified, of commercially available seeds and plants sold at retail establishments, excluding noxious weed seeds and plants, that have been treated with a neonicotinoid pesticide. The bill would specify that a violation of this requirement is not a crime but would constitute an unfair and unlawful business act or practice.
AVFCA Position: Support, with possible amendments (Click here to view AVFCA’s letter of support for SB602)
Action To Take:  Fax or email a letter of support to Senator Allen’s office (email: Coleen.Beamish@sen.ca.gov and Senator.Allen@senator.ca.gov or fax: 916 651 4926), as well as to your Senator and Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your support.
Current Status: Passed Senate Environmental Quality Committee

CA SB746 Pupil health: physical examinations (Portantino)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB746
This bill specifically authorizes Nurse Practitioners (NP), Naturopathic Doctors (ND), and Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) to perform Pre-performance Physical Examinations (PPE) for students participating in interscholastic sports.  Current law does not specifically discriminate against the above-mentioned providers performing PPEs and these practitioners have been legally performing PPEs for 30 years. The need for this bill arises due to the omission of NPs, NDs and DCs from the list of providers included in the California education code. This omission creates confusion and leaves school districts uncertain as to their potential vulnerability when accepting exams from omitted practitioners.
AVFCA Position: Support (Click here to view AVFCA’s letter of support for SB746)
Action To Take:  Fax or email a letter of support to Senator Portantino’s office (email: Brendan.Hughes@sen.ca.gov and Senator.Portantino@senate.ca.gov or fax: 916 651 4925), and to the Senate Education Committee (email: Melanie.Moreno@sen.ca.gov) as well as to your Senator and Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your support.
Current Status: Set for Senate Education Committee, but pulled by author on March 29.  Will not be reset until 2018.

CA AB14 Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign disclosures (Gomez)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB14
This bill contributes to the ongoing effort for transparency in campaign contributions.  As our culture evolves, the avenues for contributing to campaigns and legislation evolves as well.  Contributions come in a variety of forms as the spectrum of campaigning expands to alternative methods.  Campaign expenditures can often mask the contributions of major campaign donors.  AB14 more accurately defines the parameters of campaign contributors and qualifying campaign expenditures.
AVFCA Position: Support (Click here to view AVFCA’s letter of support for AB14)
Action To Take:  Fax or email a letter of support to Assembly Member Gomez’s office (email: Freddie.Quintana@asm.ca.gov and Assemblymember.Gomez@assembly.ca.gov or fax: 916 319 2051), and to the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee (email: Ethan.Jones@asm.ca.gov) as well as to your Senator and Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your support.
Current Status: Set to Assembly Elections & Redistricting Committee  (9:00am, June 14 in Room 444)

CA SB651 Initiative, referendum, and recall petitions: circulators (B. Allen)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB651
This bill will advance the need for greater transparency in the initiative, referendum, and recall petition process. It will not impede the petitioning process nor impact the process fiscally.  It solely calls for the disclosure of persons and/or entities funding the circulation of petitions in an effort to encourage transparency and choice for registered voters.  Full disclosure of the financial contributors to any legislation needs to be present at every stage of the legislative process.
AVFCA Position: Support (Click here to view AVFCA’s letter of support for SB651)
Action To Take:  Fax or email a letter of support to Senator Allen’s office (email: Coleen.Beamish@sen.ca.gov and Senator.Allen@senator.ca.gov or fax: 916 651 4926), and to the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee (email: Ethan.Jones@asm.ca.gov) as well as to your Senator and Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your support.
Current Status: Referred to Senate Elections & Redistricting Committee

AVFC Is Opposing:

CA SB18/SCR41 Bill of Rights for the Children and Youth of California: joint legislative committee (Pan)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB18 and http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SCR41
The bill request itself is benign, asking for the creation of a Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Youth, consisting of 9 Senators and 9 Assembly members, which will “develop “California’s Promise to its Children and Youth,” a framework for the care and welfare of the state’s children and youth in various contexts, including, but not limited to, health care, nutrition, homeless assistance, education, and foster care, to serve as an example to other states by raising the standard of living for California’s children and youth.”  However, its intention is far from benign – in short, if  passed, it would allow the state of California to create policy around what is in a child’s best interest, not the parent.  While we all want kids to be safe and healthy, it is the parents decision, not the states, how to raise a child. It also has a sneaky and unusual language which would question the integrity of the legislative process and set dangerous precedent.  For more info and flyers to share, please go to www.SB18.info
AVFCA Position: Opposes (Click here to view AVFCA’s letter of opposition for SB18 and SCR41)
Action To Take:  Fax or email a letter of opposition to Senator Pan’s office (email: Daniel.Lopez@sen.ca.gov and Senator.Pan@senate.ca.gov or fax: 916 651 4906), as well as to your Senator and Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your opposition and urging their NO vote.
Current Status: Both are referred to Senate Rules Committee

CA SB426 Community-based home visitation pilot program (Pan)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billHistoryClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB426
The bill would, only until January 1, 2022, establish the Community-Based Home Visitation Program as a pilot program in no more than 3 counties representing a cross section of the state to provide child abuse and neglect prevention and intervention services to families through one family resource center located in each county.  However, Legislative Counsel’s Digest indicates that “this bill would require particular focus on independently evaluated program models with regards to the office’s development of the proposed criteria for awarding the implementation grants in accordance with each plan’s addressing of these elements.” The SB426 Fact Sheet states SB426 “seeks to establish a pilot program to implement the Community Based Home Visitation Pilot Program based on the Sacramento County Birth & Beyond Family Resource Center model. This program, as modeled in the bill, utilized community members trained through AmeriCorps” (California Volunteers) “to deliver intensive home visitation services and outreach to families.” Additionally, “The Pilot Program to be established under SB 426 seeks to implement this model under three family resource centers around the state to test its effectiveness and scalability for long-term implementation as a statewide approach to home visitation”. For more info and flyers to share, please go to www.SB426.info
AVFCA Position: Opposes (Click here to view AVFCA’s letter of opposition for SB426)
Action To Take:  Fax or email a letter of opposition to Senator Pan’s office (email: Daniel.Lopez@sen.ca.gov and Senator.Pan@senate.ca.gov or fax: 916 651 4906), and to the Senate Human Services Committee (email: Mareva.Brown@sen.ca.gov), as well as to your Senator and Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your opposition.
Current Status: Set for Senate Human Services Committee Hearing (1:30pm, April 25 in Room 3191)

CA AB992 CalWORKs: Baby Wellness and Family Support Home Visiting Program (Arambula)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB992
This bill would establish the Baby Wellness and Family Support Home Visiting Program that would require CalWORKS to develop and disseminate an informing notice to ensure that all assistance units, as specified, are aware of the program and their ability to participate. The bill would require the department, in consultation with specified persons and entities, to collect specified data and compile and distribute the data to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature by January 30 of each year. The bill would require counties to identify persons eligible for the program and invite them to participate in the program.
AVFCA Position: Opposes, unless amended to include specific opt-in letter and specification that declining services will have no negative impact (Click here to view AVFCA’s letter requesting amendments for AB992)
Action To Take:  Fax or email a letter supporting A Voice for Choice Advocacy’s amendments to Assembly Member Arambula’s office (email: Marla.Cowan@asm.ca.gov and Assemblymember.Arambula@assembly.ca.gov or fax: 916 319 2131), and to your Senator and Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your support of the request for Amendments.
Current Status: Passed Assembly Human Services Committee and referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee

CA SB382 (With Requested Amendments) CA SB382 Pest control: mosquito abatement (Pan)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB382
This bill create the California Mosquito Surveillance and Research Program Account, to be administered by the department, to fund California-based surveillance and research on mosquitoes. The bill would appropriate $2,000,000 from the General Fund to the account, thereby making an appropriation. The bill would require that $1,500,000 of that money be used to fund the California Vectorborne Disease Surveillance System, known as CalSurv, to perform specified functions.  Section I, Chapter 2 2101 (b) (5) enables the California Mosquito Surveillance and Research Program, CalSurv, to “perform other duties as necessary to protect the public and agricultural health of the state.”  The language in this section is broad and unnecessary, and leaves the door wide open for any and all abatement measures to be taken.  Inclusion of broad language has the potential to result in far reaching implementation of policies outside the intent of this bill and may require future legislation to redefine the original role and intent of the program.
AVFCA Position: Opposed, unless amended to remove Section I, Chapter 2 2101 (b) 5. (Click here to view AVFCA’s letter requesting amendments for SB382)
Action To Take: Fax or email a letter of opposition to Senator Pan’s office (email: Daniel.Lopez@sen.ca.gov and Senator.Pan@senate.ca.gov or fax: 916 651 4906), and to the Senate Health Committee (email: Melanie.Moreno@sen.ca.gov) as well as to your Senator and Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your opposition and a request for the amendment.
Current Status: Set for Senate Health Committee Hearing (1:30pm, April 26 in Room 4203)

CA SB457 Out-of-Hospital Childbirths: physicians and surgeons: licensed midwives: certified nurse-midwives (Bates)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB457
This bill would significantly limit access to out-of-hospital maternity and reproductive healthcare.  It would severely reduce the scope of practice for both Licensed Midwives and Certified Nurse-Midwives and would drastically restrict access to out-of-hospital maternity care for all families in CA. It would:
– Mandate women with potential risk factors who are planning an out-of-hospital birth must undergo a medical examination by an OB/GYN and seek their permission to remain under midwifery care. Midwives who continue to provide care without physician permission will be charged with unprofessional conduct.
– Deny out-of-hospital midwifery care to women who have had either a cesarean section or any other previous abdominal surgery, regardless of whether or not it presents additional risk for childbearing.
– Mandate women give birth in a hospital if they live more than 20 minutes from a hospital, and would strike down current law that gives Licensed Midwives the legal ability to obtain both routine and life-saving tests and medications.
– Strike down current law allowing Licensed Midwives and Certified Nurse Midwives practicing out-of-hospital to provide family planning services.
AVFCA Position: Opposed
Action To Take:  None at this time
Current Status: Set for Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, but pulled by author on April 20.  Will not be reset until 2018.

AVFC Is Watching:

CA AB1098 Child death investigations: review teams (McCarty and Arambula)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1098
This bill requires each county in CA to develop a protocol to be used as a guideline by persons performing autopsies on children to assist coroners and other persons who perform autopsies in the identification of child abuse or neglect, in the determination of whether child abuse or neglect contributed to death or whether child abuse or neglect had occurred prior to but was not the actual cause of death, and in the proper written reporting procedures for child abuse or neglect, including the designation of the cause and mode of death. The bill would additionally require the protocol described above to include data collection, confidentiality, and reporting provisions. The bill would require that data collection process to include specified information about a deceased child including, among other things, race, age, and cause of death.
AVFCA Position: Watching, with requested amendments to include medical history in the data collection process (Click here to view AVFCA’s letter requesting amendments to AB1098)
Action To Take:  Fax or email a letter supporting A Voice for Choice Advocacy’s amendments to Assembly Member McCarty and Arambula’s offices (email: Terry.Schanz@asm.ca.gov, Hans.Hemann@asm.ca.gov, Assemblymember.McCarty@assembly.ca.gov and Assemblymember.Arambula@assembly.ca.gov or fax: 916 319 2107 and 916 319 2131), as well as to your Senator and Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your support of the amendment.
Current Status: Passed Assembly Public Safety Committee and referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee.

CA AB1520 Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act of 2017 (Burke)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1520
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations regarding child poverty in CA with the intent of the Legislature to move toward reducing child poverty in this state by 50% over a 20-year period.  The bill would set forth certain programs, services, and expenditures that the Legislature should consider for purposes of making appropriations on an annual basis, except as specified. The bill would require the annual Budget Act passed by the Legislature to contain a statement specifying how expenditures in the Budget Act comply with the framework.  This bill would also establish the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force, consisting of specified stakeholders, for purposes of researching, analyzing, and providing guidance to the Legislature in making appropriations pursuant to the framework and in supporting California’s efforts on lifetime wellness, self-sufficiency, and economic strength in families and communities throughout the state.
AVFCA Position: Watching, to ensure informed consent and transparency for health care and nutrition programs is safeguarded
Action To Take: None at this time
Current Status: Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee

CA SB562 The Healthy California Act (Lara and Atkins)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB562
This bill, the Healthy California Act, would create the Healthy California program to provide comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage and a health care cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state.
AVFCA Position: Watching, to ensure informed consent and transparency for health care (especially vaccination) and nutrition programs is safeguarded
Action To Take: None at this time
Current Status: Referred to Senate Health Committee Hearing (1:30pm, April 26 in Room 4203)

CA AB165 Privacy: electronic communications: exclusions: local educational agencies (Cooper)
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB165
This bill would amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which prohibits a government entity, as defined, from compelling the production of, or access to, electronic communication information or electronic device information, as defined, without a search warrant, wiretap order, order for electronic reader records, or subpoena issued pursuant to specified conditions, except for emergency situations, as defined. That law also specifies the conditions under which a government entity may access electronic device information by means of physical interaction or electronic communication with the device, such as pursuant to a search warrant, wiretap order, or consent of the owner of the device.  AB165 would specify that a government entity could do the same for a device where the owner or authorized possessor of the device is a pupil enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade when investigating alleged or suspected pupil misconduct pursuant to specified provisions.
AVFCA Position: Watching, to ensure student records, including medical records, are kept as private.
Action To Take:  None at this time
Current Status: Referred to Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee and Assembly Education Committee[:de]A Voice For Choice Advocacy, Inc. is following a number of bills in CA this year, that align with our mission to advocate for informed choice and transparency with it comes to what people put in their bodies.  We just wanted to give you an update of where they stand and what you can do to support their outcome.  Each of these bills is described below and gives what our position on them are and what action you can take:

  • AB-2832 Immunizations: vaccine injury information (T Allen)
  • AB-2638 Public health: vaccinations. (Gatto)
  • AB-2235 Board of Dentistry: pediatric anesthesia (Thurmond)
  • AB-170 Newborn screening: genetic diseases: blood samples collected (Gatto)
  • SB-1095 Newborn screening program (Pan)
  • AB-1759 Hydrogen fluoride: notice of use: substitution (Bonta)
  • AB-1810 California Seed Law: exclusions: noncommercial seed sharing (Levine)

AB-2832 Immunizations: vaccine injury information (T Allen) – has been assigned to the Assembly Health Committee and will be heard April 19, 2016
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2832
This bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to maintain a conspicuous link to federal resources related to vaccine injuries, including, but not limited to, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, on the agency’s Internet Web site.
AVFCA Position: Support, with suggested amendments.  We recommend adding the link to the shotsforschool.org website, which is being widely used by schools and parents to understand SB277.
Outcome:  FAILED to pass Assembly Health Committee on 4/19/16, 7 ayes (Burke, Dababneh, Lackey, Maienschein, Patterson, Steinorth, Waldron) – 9 noes (Bonilla, Campos, Chiu, Gomez, Roger Hernández, Nazarian, Rodriguez, Santiago, Wood) – 3 no vote (Olsen, Ridley-Thomas, Thurmond)
Video Archive: Assembly Health Committee – Apr 19th, 2016 http://ow.ly/4mT001 AB 2832 starts at 4:05:04

AB-2638 Public health: vaccinations. (Gatto) – has been assigned to the Assembly Business and Professions Committee and Judicial Committee and will be heard in the Business and Professions Committee April 26, 2016
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2638
This bill would specify that a licensed physician is not subject to discipline or liability for writing a statement to the effect that immunization is not considered safe for a particular child, in which case that child shall be exempt from specified immunization requirements, to the extent indicated by the physician’s statement, as specified.
AVFCA Position: Support, with current wording.  We are watching this bill closely because it is likely to have amendment requests, some of which we are not in support of.
Action To Take:  If you have not already done, so please fax or email a letter of support to Denni in Mike Gatto’s office (Denneile.Ritter@asm.ca.gov or 916 319 2143), as well as the Chair of the B&P Committee Chair, Rudy Salas (leondra.clarkharvey@asm.ca.gov or 916 319 3306) and to your Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your support of the current wording. Come to the Business and Professions Committee hearing and voice your support on April 26th at 9:30am in room 447.

AB-2235 Board of Dentistry: pediatric anesthesia (Thurmond) – passed the Assembly Health and Appropriations Committee and will move to the Senate next
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2235
This bill, which would be known as “Caleb’s Law,” would require the board, on or before March 31, 2017, to establish a committee to investigate whether the current laws, regulations, and policies of the state are sufficient to minimize the potential for injury or death in minors from the administration of general anesthesia or deep sedation for dental patients. The bill would require the committee, on or before September 1, 2017, to review all incident reports related to pediatric anesthesia in dentistry in the state for the years 2011 through 2016, inclusive, and to review the policies of other states and dental associations to ensure that this state has regulation and policies in place to do everything feasible to protect young patients. The bill would require the committee, on or before January 1, 2018, to recommend to the board any measures that would further reduce the potential for injury or death in minors from the administration of general anesthesia or deep sedation for dental patients. The bill would require the board, on or before January 1, 2018, to report the committee’s recommendations to the Legislature and make the report publicly available on the board’s Internet Web site. The bill also would require the board to provide a report on pediatric deaths related to general anesthesia or deep sedation in dentistry at the time of its sunset review by the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature.
This bill, with regard to obtaining written informed consent for general anesthesia or conscious sedation in the case of a minor, would require that the written informed consent include a form or forms approved by the board, containing specified information regarding the risks of sedation and anesthesia medications and that use of appropriate monitoring equipment is required.
AVFCA Position: Support, with suggested amendments.  Oral surgeons are the only healthcare professionals, aside from veterinarians, that use the operator-anesthetist model, where the surgeon can also be in charge of anesthesia.  We are requesting an amendments that ensures a separate anesthesiologist be in charge and monitoring this, or at least information to parents/guardians that this is a less safe option when it is going to be used so they are informed.
Action To Take:  If you have not already done, so please fax or email a letter of support, with requested amendments, to Bridget in Tony Thurmond’s office (Bridget.Kolakosky@asm.ca.gov or 916 319 2115), as well as and to your Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your support and any suggested amendments.

AB-170 Newborn screening: genetic diseases: blood samples collected (Gatto) – passed through Assembly and is on hold in the Senate Health Committee since July 2015.  This is likely because there are federal regulations that will be being updated in the next year.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB170
This bill would require the department to provide information about the testing program, and to obtain a form signed by the parent or guardian acknowledging receiving information regarding the storage, retention, and use of the newborn child’s blood sample for medical research. The bill would authorize a parent or guardian of a minor child, and the newborn child, once he or she is at least 18 years of age, to request that the department destroy the blood sample, not use it for research purposes, or both, and the bill would require the department to comply with the request. The bill would require the department, if the individual making a request to destroy the blood sample or to not use it for research purposes provides his or her e-mail address, to send an e-mail to the individual acknowledging that the department received the request. The bill would also require the department to prepare and provide informational materials regarding the same information about the newborn child’s blood sample collected pursuant to the program, information on storage, retention, and use of the blood sample for medical research, and the right of specified persons to request that the blood sample be destroyed or not used for research purposes in a separate, single-page format. The bill would also require the department to prepare and provide a standard informational acceptance form, that includes, among other things, a brief, plain language explanation of, and the purpose for, the newborn child screening test and retention of newborn child blood samples. The bill would require the informational acceptance form to be provided to, and signed by, the parent or guardian when either version of the informational materials is provided. The bill would require specified persons to distribute the informational material and the informational acceptance form, including requiring the local registrar of births to provide a copy of the informational material and a copy of the standard informational acceptance form to each person registering the birth of a newborn that occurred outside of a perinatal licensed health facility, as specified. The bill would also require the local registrar to notify the local health officer and the department of each of these registrations by the local registrar. By imposing additional duties on local registrars of births, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
AVFCA Position: Support.
Action To Take:  Watch for more updates.

SB-1095 Newborn screening program (Pan) – passed the Senate Health Committee and will be heard in the Appropriations Committee next
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB1095
This bill would require State Department of Public Health to expand statewide screening of newborns to include screening for any disease as soon as the disease is adopted by the federal Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP). By expanding the purposes for which moneys from the fund may be expended, this bill would make an appropriation.
AVFCA Position: Watching, with concern.  This bill and current law does not give parents the option to opt out of testing for religious or other reasons, or .
Action To Take:  Watch for more updates.

AB-1759 Hydrogen fluoride: notice of use: substitution (Bonta) – referred to Natural Resources Committee
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1759
This bill would require an owner or operator of an oil refinery that uses hydrogen fluoride, hydrofluoric acid, or modified hydrofluoric acid in its operations to send out biannual notices to each business, school, child care facility, library, church, community facility, senior facility, and residence within a 3.5-mile radius of the refinery, as specified.
This bill would require a business that, at any time, handles, maintains, or stores more than 250 gallons of hydrogen fluoride or hydrofluoric acid to, if possible, convert to a known, significantly less hazardous substitute by January 1, 2017. If that conversion is not possible and the business is located within 2 miles of a residential dwelling, the bill would require the business to cease handling, maintaining, or storing hydrogen fluoride and hydrofluoric acid by January 1, 2017. Because a violation of these requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
AVFCA Position: Support
Action To Take:  If you have not already done, so please fax or email a letter of support, with requested amendments, to Evan in Rob Bonta’s office (evan.corder@asm.ca.gov or 916 319 2118), as well as and to your Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your support.

AB-1810 California Seed Law: exclusions: noncommercial seed sharing (Levine) – Passed Assembly Committee on Agriculture and will be heard in the Appropriations committee next
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1810
This bill would exclude from the labeling requirements of the seed law seed distributed through noncommercial seed sharing activities, and would revise applicable penalty provisions to exclude the collection, storage, or distribution of agricultural, flower, or vegetable seed for noncommercial purposes. The bill would also define the term “sell” for purposes of the seed law, and would state that the Legislature declares that the seed law is not intended to regulate noncommercial seed sharing, as specified.
AVFCA Position: Support
Action To Take:  If you have not already done, so please fax or email a letter of support, with requested amendments, to Ryan in marc Levine’s office (ryan.ojakian@asm.ca.gov or 916 319 2110), as well as and to your Assembly Member (www.findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov).  This does not have to be a long letter, just something stating your support.